Carbon composite FIM approved racing helmet. The Suomy SR-GP.

Suomy SR-GP FIM Motorcycle Racing/Track Helmet Review.

The Suomy SR-GP is the top-flight, lightweight, track-developed motorcycle helmet from Italian brand, Suomy.

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The Suomy SR-GP carbon supersonic

Not only is it designed to work for you on your sportsbike or trackday, but it’s also one of the few FIM approved racing helmets, approved for use in MotoGP.

So it’s DOT certified for use on the street, and it’s FIM approved for use in pro circuit racing. Well, at least sizes XS-S-M are as they’re the sizes – I’m guessing here – worn by Francesco Bagnaia in MotoGP (and others in Moto2 and Moto3) as only the sizes used in the events get tested/approved.

So if you’re looking for a helmet for your sportsbike, and preferably one that’s got a real racing pedigree as well as maybe being a little different from the mainstream, then you might want to check out the details below to find out more about the Suomy SR-GP racing helmet.

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Overall/Summary

The Suomy GP-SR is a MotoGP and race-developed track helmet.

It uses a composite of carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass to produce a helmet that has been FIM tested/approved for pro motorcycle racing – so you know it’ll do a great job of protecting you on the street too.

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This one’s the SR-GP Bagnaia MotoGP replica

It’s got a quick-release, class-one optically correct face shield with shield lock. Given it’s used for racing it’s very deep and wide too and it’s tear-off ready. It also comes with a Pinlock antifog insert in the box (along with helmet bag and soft luggage bag).

The SR-GP has four front vents mated to a pair of exhausts under the rear spoiler to keep the helmet well vented. And it’s very lightweight too, weighing in under 3lbs (1.3Kg) so it’ll not strain you unnecessarily on long track days.

It’s a premium level track helmet and it’s got a premium price. And with riders like Francesco Bagnaia and Peter Hickman wearing Suomi GP-SR’s, it should perform well (see the video further down the page to see what Hicky thinks about the helmet too).

Safety

 (more about helmet safety)

The Suomy SR-GP has a shell made up of carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass to make for a lightweight but strong shell.

It comes in four different shell sizes which is great for optimizing the fit, looks, weight and impact protection – and considering there’s only six fitment sizes (XS-XXL) then no single helmet shell should cover more than a couple of sizes.

Of course, in the US it’s DOT certified but a version of the SR-GP has also been FIM tested/approved. They’re the guys who control international circuit racing and they were keen to bring in their own testing regime to ensure racing helmets are up to the job.

suomy SR-GP Dovi replica motorcycle helmet rear side view
And a rear view of the Dovi replica – note EQRS red tabs underneath.

While the FIM has approved 3 sizes of the SR-GP, and while your helmet might look the same, technically only helmets with the FIM QR code stamped onto the strap are genuine FIM helmets. So, we’ll have to make do with the DOT helmet – although Suomy assures us they’re exactly the same helmets to the ones used by MotoGP riders.

And knowing it’s been developed by top-flight racers to conform with a variety of international standards should mean it’ll give excellent levels of protection and track performance.

Because it’s a race-bred helmet, it’s got a super wide/high face shield aperture for excellent all-round vision. That shield’s class one optically correct too so no distortion (not that it’s usually much of a problem).

It comes with a Pinlock Max vision in the box to keep things fog-free at all times too. And it’s nice and light weight helmet, weighing under 3lbs (1.3Kg) – a comfortable and light weight helmet is not going to distract you while riding.

Like all track helmets, it’s secured onto your head using one of those old fashioned double-d ring fasteners like your old dad used to use. They’re old but they’re secure – the weakest link there is the sausage fingered rider trying to do it up right!

And finally, the SR-GP has a pair of emergency quick release cheek pads – probably something all helmets should have as a matter of course these days.

Ventilation

(more about helmet ventilation)

Keeping cool is a must on the track so Suomy has worked hard to add lots of vent holes in there.

There’s a single chin bar vent, taking air onto the back of the shield and around the mouth. There’s also a single central vent just above the face shield and, further up, there’s a pair of head vents.


A couple of useful links…

All our track helmets
Snell certified helmet reviews


All these top vents are operated by small switches to minimize airflow disruption – so they can be tricky to find in gloves. Still, most of us will set them before we ride and leave em so that might not be a problem for you?

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Profile shot of the Onboard graphic Suomy SR-GP. Note tear off shield post

If you want to modify the airflow through the chin vent, there’s an adjustable slider inside the chin bar – up to close, down to open. It also comes with an air filter fitted to stop bugs and dust coming through into the helmet, which is a nice touch.

If you’d rather just have more air, you can pull off the air filter cover inside the helmet and take out the filter.

Out back, there’s a pair of exhaust vents tucked away underneath the rear spoiler – placed there so the flow of air over the helmet will help draw out stale air from inside.

Inside the helmet, there’s the usual array of internal venting channels cut into the polystyrene liner, there to help air circulate around the head before leaving the helmet out the back.

Face Shield

(more about shields)

After the helmet shell, there’s probably more design work goes into the faceshield than any other part of the helmet. I mean, having a nice wide, tall, unobstructed view of the road (or track) has to be a key objective, right?

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Solid pearl white SR-GP. Remember all helmets come with clear shields, not smoke.

Well, Suomy looks to have done a great job with the SR-GP here. It’s a very wide, very tall aperture for great view of the road ahead while sat up or in a tuck position. Ignore all the pictures with a blacked out face shield because all SR-GPs come with a stock clear shield, though you can buy everything from a light or dark smoked shield to a variety of iridium shields separately if that’s your thing.

That shield has tear off pegs on the outside, and Pinlock pins on the inside. It comes with a Pinlock Max Vision 120 antifog insert which should sort you out if it gets cold or wet or humid (I really rate Pinlocks).

The Suomy SR-GP also comes with an optically correct visor to minimize distortions. It’s not a biggie for most of us road riders but every little helps when you’re on the track and you’re looking to keep distractions to a minimum.

And like most other track helmets, the shield has a central lock on it too – close the shield fully, slide the tab right and the shield lock engages – slide left and it’s unlocked.

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Narrow front profile shot of the SR-GP Gamma

Seems a sensible system so the shield only locks when you really want it to – which is probably only when you’re on a track.

And of course, the shield is quick-change. It uses a common system where you open the shield fully, pull down a lever then pull off the shield. Nice, simple and intuitive.

Comfort and Sizing

(more about comfort and sizing)

Inside the Suomy SR-GP, there’s a breathable, moisture wicking and hypoallergenic liner.

It’s fully removable and washable, with those cheek pads being easier to remove because they’re emergency quick release (EQRS) cheek pads – quick release to help emergency workers more easily remove your helmet after an accident.

And if you need to adjust the internal fitment a little to get the fitting just right, you can always swap those stock cheek pads out for different sizes, available separately from Suomy retailers.

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Flat black Suomy SR-GP

If you’re buying an SR-GP for long days at the track, it’s Suomy hydration system prepared too. That’s essentially a route for a tube to be fitted around the neck guard, up the cheek pad and through the chin bar. I’m sure that’ll only come in useful for 0.00001% of owners but it’s there if you want it.

Looks & Graphics

So that’s most of what the SR-GP actually offers. If you’re thinking of buying one, your next thought is probably about colors and graphics.

There’s actually quite a few available. Race reps are Bagnaia and Dovi as well as a Hickman (BSB rider and TT star if you’re not familiar – and the guy showing you around the helmet in the video below). There’s also the Legacy, top racer, carbon supersonic, carbon glossy, on board, glory race, gamma, solid matt black and pearl white.

Looking to buy a Suomy SR-GP helmet?

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Suomy SR-GP Video

Here’s Peter Hickman taking you around his SR-GP and why he likes it for racing (aside from Suomy paying him loads of cash!).

Other stuff – weight, glasses, aero, chin curtain, warranty

It’ll change a little depending on which shell size you buy, but on average, the SR-GP weighs around 2.9lbs (1.3Kg) so it’s very much a lightweight helmet.

The SR-GP was actually designed to work with glasses, so you shouldn’t have a problem if you’re a glasses wearer.

suomy SR-GP Bagnaia rep FIM racing helmet side view
Another shot of the Bagnaia rep SR-GP

As usual for a track helmet, much work has gone into the aero qualities of the helmet, making for a slippery helmet that keeps buffeting to a minimum and stability high. Suomy quotes a drag coefficient of 0.39 which is pretty good in itself, though I don’t have any other helmet drag figures to compare it with.

The aero has also been designed for a smooth airflow over the helmet and has a rear spoiler to reduce air pressure around the exhaust vents and help with extracting air from inside the helmet.

Each Suomy SR-GP comes with a breath guard and chin curtain as standard.

They come with a regular 2 year warranty, which is a bit poor for a top end racing helmet (most are 5 year).

Crash Helmet Buying Guides

For (hopefully!) other useful information to help you when buying your next helmet, check our various guides - or have a look at our top helmet lists where we've got the top 10 rated helmets overall and best budget/safest/full face/flip-up/sportsbike/track helmets.

Good Alternatives to the Suomy SR-GP?

Bell Pro Star

So you’re looking for a helmet that’ll work well with your sportsbike or for the track? Here’s a few we’d recommend you checking out.

Bell do a sport bike helmet to suit every budget with their Bell Star range. They’re all highly rated for performance and protection, with their top-dog Bell Pro Star being FIM homologated too.

Shoei X-Fourteen

Of course, the Shoei X-Fourteen has gotta be mentioned here. It’s got the full compliment of FIM/Snell approvals, and it’s used by some of the biggest tickets in MotoGP, AMA, WSBK. Amazing helmet with great ventilation and stability.

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Arai Corsair-X RC

Arai also do an equivalent – the Arai Corsair X – excellent helmet, FIM, Snell and SHARP 5 star rated, comes with a Pinlock and 5 year warranty. The Arai’s got the name but it’s also a tad heavier than the others.

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HJC FG-17

If you’re wanting to spend much less money but you still want a good track helmet, the HJC FG-17 might well be the answer. It’s way cheaper but it’s got a fiberglass shell and it’s Snell certified so you know it’ll give you great protection.

If none of those fit the bill, you can jump onto our Top 10 Sportsbike and Track helmets page or our FIM approved motorcycle helmets page.

Looking to buy a Suomy SR-GP?

Please click below to visit the Suomy SR-GP helmets pages at Amazon.com. And if you buy from them, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you – a massive THANKS! (it’s how we finance the site).

Shop for helmets at Amazon

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